<I used 5/8" plywood and 2x4 all around mounted vertically for extra
<support for the shelves. I would not use anything less. Try sticking a
<couple S-100 chassis on a shelf of 1/2" plywood or supported with less
Err... I've done it and 1x2 and 1/2" play do it real well and I do have a
few s100 crates.
<than a 2x4 and unless you have additional support in the way of diagonal
<cross-members or extra support underneath the shelf it'll bow or break.
<Maybe not right away, but with time it'll start to sag.
the trick is you box the underside of the shelf in 1x2 and put one down the
middle for support. then that assembley is screwed to a 2x4 at the corner
and a pair of diagonal braces on the back of 1x2 and side if needed. Use
wallboard screws to assemble rather than nails, they hold better.
<It saves much time to use steel brackets instead of cutting slots into the
<wood. I did my first shelf with the latter design and it took a long
What slots? It can be sone that way but it's not a required thing.
<If I had to do it over I'd buy pre-fab shelves like the Gorilla racks.
They are nice and all but the wood can be cheaper especially if you can
scrounge. Also wood can be configured for odd sizes like a 27" wide
space between the h960 and the window. ;)
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Reporting back on what I finally have done. I started asking all of my
normal scrap dealers I buy old computers from about shelving. Took a week
or two, then bingo, "yeah I got bunch of shelving in the back". For $175 I
bought two pickup truck loads of Rapid Rack commercial boltless shelving
(which of course is piled all over my garage waiting for me to clear space
to put it up).
This is I declare a great way to go, with two caveats. Commercial shelving
is VERY heavy, make sure the vehicle can handle the load. Do not assume
that any pile of stuff no matter how large contains all the parts for what
you want to do. My particular huge pile after sorting is missing all the
side connectors (goes from front to back of shelves and holds the rack
together) for the 24" depth shelves I wanted to put up. I have plenty for
larger shelves, so I may use that.
Last point, I now know much more than I desire to about shelving, including
that my present level of knowledge is still pretty lacking. At least I can
talk the lingo as I go off in search of 24" DRB today.